Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 21st September 2017

Cleaning your classic car provides a sense of satisfaction, so it’s annoying when your hard work is ruined by the splatter of bird droppings. As bird droppings can damage paint work, you’ll want to remove them as quickly as possible. If you don’t, then it could potentially lead to an expensive repair job. But how do bird droppings damage your car and how can you get rid of them? Here is a guide we’ve put together that will help you find a solution.

What kind of damage is caused?

Bird droppings can leave behind a dull mark after removal, and the paint might also be scratched if you try to remove it in the wrong way.

How can I remove bird droppings safely?

Speed is crucial when dealing with stains, as it’s easier to remove them when they’re fresh. The easiest way to remove bird droppings is to use a specialised cleaning product or wipes. The wipes contain a mix of chemicals that neutralise bird waste and stop it damaging paint.


First, put on a pair of disposable gloves. Then, place a damp cloth or wipe against the stain and leave it for a few minutes. When you take it off, you should find the stain has been removed. Avoid the temptation to use a rubbing or scraping motion because you could accidentally damage the paint. If the mark hasn’t been removed the first time, then use another damp cloth and repeat the process until it’s gone.

If the stains have already dried, then you should soften them with a wet cloth. Rinse the area thoroughly with water to make sure there aren’t any chemicals left behind.

What if the car has already been damaged?

If your car has dull marks from bird droppings, you can still deal with them yourself without relying on a paint restoration expert. Start by washing the car to ensure it’s clean. After it’s dried, apply an abrasive car polish to the area, taking note of the manufacturer’s instructions. The polish should remove the damaged layer of paint and expose a fresh layer beneath.


When the car has been polished, make sure to cover the affected surface with a sealant to protect it from the weather.


Following these steps should allow you to remove bird droppings quickly and keep your classic car in top condition. Interested in knowing how to keep your car clean this summer? We’ve got a handy guide that will tell you everything you need to know.